Dr J.M. (Joke) Harte studied psychology and research methodology at the University of Amsterdam, where she also obtained her doctorate in 1995. She subsequently worked for over 10 years as a researcher in several forensic psychiatric clinics. Her studies, which were predominantly based on empirical research on the borders between psychiatry and criminal law, resulted in many publications. She is currently an Associate Professor in the Criminal Law and Criminology Department of the Faculty of Law at VU University Amsterdam and a senior researcher at the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement (NSCR) in Amsterdam.
Mirjam van Leeuwen
M.E. (Mirjam) van Leeuwen completed her HBO (higher professional education) degree in nursing in 2003 and a master degree in General Health Sciences (specialization: nursing sciences) in 2008. Her graduation thesis dealt with early signs of risk behaviour in forensic psychiatry. At present, she works as a senior forensic psychiatric nurse at Inforsa (Hospital for Intensive and Forensic Psychiatry, and part of Arkin) in Amsterdam. Her work as a senior nurse also involves organizing training courses. She is a member of several committees and working groups on safety and coercion in psychiatry.
R. (Ri-janne) Theuws completed a propaedeutic year in Psychology and a Bachelor’s in Criminology at the University of Leiden, followed by a Master’s in Criminology (specialization: life-course criminology) at the University of Amsterdam. She subsequently worked at the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement (NSCR) on a study into the Public Prosecution Office and social pressure. She is currently a junior researcher in the Criminal Law and Criminology Department of the Faculty of Law at VU University Amsterdam.
Gertrude van Nederpelt
G. (Gertrude) van Nederpelt studied law at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam (specialization: health law). She worked as a lawyer at GGz Nederland and at Inforsa (Hospital for Intensive and Forensic Psychiatry) in Amsterdam. In both positions her goal was to integrate legislation and practice. She currently works as a policy advisor at Arkin, the largest GGz institute in Amsterdam. Arkin includes brand names such as Mentrum, Jellinek and Inforsa. She recently completed a postgraduate qualification in Business Studies.
Professor W. (Wim) Huisman studied law (specializations: criminology, criminal law and administrative law) at VU University Amsterdam, where he also obtained his doctorate in 2001. He conducted research into differences in the compliance with regulations by and within organizations. He is currently Professor of Criminology and Head of the Criminal Law and Criminology Department of the Faculty of Law at VU University Amsterdam. In addition, he is the Chairman of the Editorial Board of the Tijdschrift voor Criminologie magazine and chairs the Amsterdam-Amstelland Supervisory Committee on Police Holding Cells.